Meet our Archbishop

Born: 20 October, 1953

Primary Education: 1959-1966 at St. Anthony's Catholic School, Umudioka, and St. Gabriel's Catholic School, Ifitedunu.

Secondary Education:
Christ the King College, Onitsha (1967). His education was interrupted by a civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970). Through the inspiration of then Mons. Emmanuel Otteh (now Bishop of Issele-Uku) he became interested in becoming a Priest. Consequently he entered All Hallows' Seminary, Onitsha (1970-1973) and completed at Colliery Comprehensive Secondary School, Enugu (1974).

Post Secondary Education:
Philosophical Studies - 1975 - 1977, and Theological Studies - 1977 - 1981, at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu and Ikot Ekpene respectively.
Priestly Ordination:
July 11, 1981 by Most Rev. (now Cardinal)  Francis Arinze, then Archbishop of Onitsha.

Pastoral Experience: Assistant Priest of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha (1981 - 1982), Parish Priest of Umuoji (1983 - 1986).

Further Studies:
Moral Theology at Alfonsianum, Rome (1986 - 1991). He holds a doctorate degree in Moral Theology.

Teaching Ministry:
From 1991 till his appointment as the Co-adjutor Archbishop he taught Moral Theology and Ethics at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu. He was the Rector from 1996 to 2002.

Episcopal Ministry: Consecrated coadjutor Archbishop at Onitsha on 9 February 2002 by then Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla. Took over the metropolitan see of Onitsha on 1 September 2003. 

Quote for the month

-- " To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light." (Pope Francis "Lumen Fidei,").

Masses @ The Basilica of Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, 5:15am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 6:15pm

Other masses outside the Basilica Church, 5:30am, 6:00am, 7:15am, 8:45am & 9:00am

Monday-Saturday, 5:15am, 6:00am & 6:15pm

Thursday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 6:15pm

Saturday Evening, 5:30pm (mass with Vespers 1 of Sunday)

About Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

He is the first person in West Africa and the first African Priest to be beatified. Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi is from Aguleri in our Archdiocese.

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